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Need to Know: A record rushing drought for the Redskins

Nov 9, 2015, 5:09 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 9, six days before the Washington Redskins host the New Orleans Saints.

Notes and numbers from Patriots 27, Redskins 10

FOXBOROUGH, MA—A look at some notes and numbers from the Redskins loss to the Patriots.

—Tom Brady passed for 299 yards. That means that the Redskins—just barely—remain one of three teams that have not allowed a 300-yard passer this season, joining the Broncos and Vikings.

—The Redskins rushed for 37 yards. They now have had no more than 51 rushing yards in their last four games. Never in their history have they gone  four games in a row gaining 51 yards rushing or fewer.

—The Redskins held the Patriots to 27 points, their lowest output of the year. Their previous low was 28 in the season opener against the Steelers. They have score 30 points or more in every game since Week 1.

—Jamison Crowder led the team with six receptions, giving him 38 at the midway point of the season. If he continues at his current pace he will end the season with 76 receptions, which would shatter the Redskins rookie record of 58, set by Art Monk in 1980.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3 p.m.

Days until: Saints @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Panthers 13; Giants @ Redskins 20

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Nov 9, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Well the defense showed up to play. Our receivers did not. Garcon, how many drops? DJax non existent. Even reed had the drops. Cousins was placing them in the money but our recieving corp did not show up. Honestly, Crowder is the best receiver we have. Garcon, I am disappointed. DJax, not have his mind on football. Roberts just needs to be cut. We have a receiver problem period.

    Jone another fumble not good. He was just starting to show momentum. Morris non existent.

    At least we held them game to less than 29 points and scored more than 7 (beat Miami). That was all I was hoping for.

    We know what we need in the draft now, WRs. Big tall WRs. Nothing under 6’3″ and 225. We need 2. We need to cut Roberts, Garcon and maybe Djax. I would prefer to see Crowder, grant, and 2 drafted monster WRs. We need Djax and Garcon to step it up last 8 games.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:11 AM

      We also need a center. Lichtensteiger is 30 (and is decent when he’s healthy).

      LeRib is not even a good backup.

      • ET - Nov 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM

        I’d call Kory “passable” (damning him with faint praise), but I agree regarding LeRibster. He’s never come remotely close to fulfilling his potential—and he certainly isn’t as a center. I don’t expect him to survive next offseason.

    • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:21 AM

      Definitely agree on the need for better WRs. I would say the defense showed up late to the game. The patriots were having their way offensively in the first half. The reason we held Brady to under 300 was because they were getting 8-10 yds per carry.

    • hk2000 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      Love Crowder, but he dropped at least one- They ALL played SCARED!! You could see it plainly, they all looked scared and nervous- UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

  2. hk2000 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    The defense gave us a chance- something I’d never have guessed, the offense was Offensive- especially the vets!!! Cousins was OK, I guess, but the coaching stank as usual. You cannot win when you play scared- someone should tell the coaches. BTW, I hope that 27-3 in the article is not a typo!!!

    • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:57 AM

      That game was on the players. I doubt the coaches told them to play scared. Cousins was better than just ok. If those passes were caught his numbers would be similar to Brady’s.

      • bangkokben - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:50 AM

        Both the coaches and the players share the blame. The coaches emphasized that they had to be perfect all week and the players responded poorly to that. That clearly got in the heads of the offense and it snowballed.

        • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 12:28 PM

          Isn’t that what Pete Carroll does for every game? The players credit him for that, saying that every game is a big game.

    • darcrequiem - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM

      Cousins was only Ok because there was 7 drops. It was ridiculous. When Cousins was inaccurate and not giving his pass catchers a chance to make plays, I criticized him for it. Now I lay the same criticism at the feet of the receivers.

      Cousins should have had a big game with no INTs but he’s receivers literally dropped the ball. It was insane. Usually when one of our guys has a case of the drops it’s Andre Roberts. He didn’t drop a pass today but it seemed like everyone else did. Garcon, Reed, Carrier, Jones, Crowder, did I miss anyone? I’m really disappointed in Garcon. Pierre usually has reliable hands. He had two big drops.

      • Dcwun - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:07 AM

        Same here with Cousins. I’ve often blamed him for a lot of things this season but yesterday’s loss wasn’t on him . I just don’t see how a coach could take a successful running game and completely destroy it.

        • bangkokben - Nov 9, 2015 at 10:05 AM

          Which coach? Gruden? Callahan? Which coach gets the “credit” for Kerrigan’s lack of pass rush this season? Sometimes the answer is right in front of you – the players. You change 4/5 of an offensive line and you get change – not all of it good. In 2012 when the rushing attack was good the o-line looked like this – LT Trent Williams, LG Korey Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus. There was also a different head coach, a different offensive coordinator, a different scheme, a different starting QB, Logan Paulsen blocking at TE, Josh Morgan blocking at WR; BUT when you lose double digit games THREE out of FOUR seasons by designing the team in your image while also losing the LAST EIGHT IN A ROW, change happens. As much as you want to lament about the lack of a running game, just about every other aspect of the team has improved – especially considering who is picking the players and who has the plan.

      • goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        Andre Robers dropped or muffed a Kick Off return which screwed up the return. Although he did not drop a pass he was not targeted but like twice.

  3. colmac69 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Tone of game was set on first poss by patriots with two runs that went for decent gains

    Run defense is a mess….that nds to b priority over anything else….what we saw was our defense is lacking at least three prem players to b gd (pass rusher….inside lb and safety)…playing vs a beat up o-line no outside rush esp when u think how many 3rd long they had…..defense had couple nice stops in red zone and unlucky not to recover fumble in third qtr

    Think offense will come around….main concern should b defense

    With saints defense a mess we could b looking at high scoring game nxt sun…..will c how they bounce back…hopefully defense back to near full strength

    • ET - Nov 9, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      With the number of key injuries the tram has had, the defense has continued to play relatively well. Could they be better? Absolutely. But with constant CB injuries, a safety out for the year, major injuries at both ILB and OLB, a missing NT … It could be a helluva a lot worse. Under Hazlett it would’ve been an implosion.

  4. goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Code Pink! Code PINK SLIP!

  5. hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    I liked how John Lynch kept saying good things about the skins during the game. Even he noticed the upward trend the team is in. I know plenty of fans want to blow things up, once again, but I feel stability is the answer. It’s the only method we haven’t tried. I also feel that barring a drastic downturn, Cousins has earned the starting position and changes my view from needing to draft a QB early next year to focusing on the rest of team.

    • ajbus1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      I agree and believe that’s what Scot McC is also thinking. I could still see a mid round QB being drafted next year though.

    • bangkokben - Nov 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      There is ZERO need to draft another QB with a high pick. The reason the rest of the team is in the mess that it is, is because we’ve (Shanahan) used so many picks on that one position. Here are the picks used just from Shanahan – we could show the multiples used to move up to get Campbell and Ramsey as well.

      2010 2nd round (#37) Donovan McNabb
      2011 4th round (#104) Donovan McNabb
      2012 1st round (#6) Robert Griffin III {became #2 from this pick & the other picks listed below}
      2012 2nd round (#39) Robert Griffin III
      2012 4th round (#102) Kirk Cousins
      2013 1st round (#22) Robert Griffin III
      2014 1st round (#2) Robert Griffin III

      SEVEN picks used on the position. Cousins is never going to be WORTH the value lost over these seven picks but has more than shown that he fills this need while we try to recoup the SIX solid starters lost by ol’ lobster face.

      • ET - Nov 9, 2015 at 2:26 PM

        Ol’ Lobster Face, as commanded by the Man In The Ivory Tower. Even Shanny The Elder would balk at a trade-up that mortgaged away three #1s. He has a lot of faults, but an inability to do simple arithmetic ain’t one of them.

        • bangkokben - Nov 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

          Shanny had FULL authority while he was here. Now, I will agree with Shanahan that he was blindsided by losing $36M in salary cap space and he wouldn’t have made the trade had he known that would happen but ol’ lobster face HAD every reason to make the deal work. But instead after one year and a serious injury, he turned on the player he drafted, blamed the rich owner for meddling, and began putting out his excuses (like the cap penalty) through Schefter – all while losing the team and losing the last eight in a row. I’m not sure he even cared about the results of the last three. He quit. The team went from one week to ‘having the old RG3 back’ and beating the Chargers on a goal-line stand to jumping out on the Vikings to a sizable lead but losing it and almost coming back to losing the next seven each by seemingly increasing margins.

      • greed - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        the decision to draft a qb will be up to the new coach

        • skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:54 PM

          So you think Scot McC is going to relinquish his primary duties of building a roster to the head coach?

      • greed - Nov 10, 2015 at 8:31 AM

        what im saying is the next coach will have the oppurtunity before hired as the coach will have a chance to discuss the qb situation RG , KIRK , or if pick high enough a QB to start his regime

        • bangkokben - Nov 10, 2015 at 2:23 PM

          Why should this go to the next coach? Shouldn’t Gruden be given this option? Or Gruden was simply bound by Shanny’s leftovers?

  6. kutzintl - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Hi Rich. I am a long time fan of yours and I live in Philippines, From 1/2 around the world I can see exactly why our Running game is all of a sudden nonexistant. Start of season we had seasoned left tackle, left guard and center, rookie rt guard and rt tackle. The ground game was dynamite. third gave Left guard goes down replace him with a 1st year or practice squad player, Lictenstiger goes down replace with an inferior guard. That makes our offensive line nothing compared to when we had a running game. No one can go against a quality team and expect to run when you start practice squad and third stringers. When Gruden says they have to look whats wrong, Its simple go get some players off the street. Its funny that Gruden cut offensive linemen that are now starting for teams with winning records. Does that cause you to scratch your heads?????

    • colorofmyskinz - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:19 AM

      Please name these starting linemen for other teams. Chester and Polumbus?? LOL. THEY SUCK PERIOD. Cory was never a center, he is a guard. Another position change experiment for DC here. We need a real center period. Long just has not shown up with the many opportunities. We need Center, 2 BIG WRs, 2 TEs on offense. We need Defense Lineman / DE, outside edge rusher, ILB, Saftey, CB on defense. We need starters at each of these roles.

      • skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:29 AM

        We need health too. Healthy corners and a solid safety would go a very long way on D.

      • brucefan1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

        “We need Center, 2 BIG WRs, 2 TEs on offense. We need Defense Lineman / DE, outside edge rusher, ILB, Saftey, CB on defense. We need starters at each of these roles”

        Whoa, that’s a lot! LOL! (What about adding an RB who’s big, fast, and doesn’t fumble, too) So where exactly is all this improvement that Lynch and all the others rave about coming from?

        And I don’t see it coming from the coaches, either. That Redskin team was NOT ready to play yesterday. Not physically, not game plan-wise, and definitely NOT psychologically. Like several have already posted here, they seemed to look either scared, intimidated or very uptight facing the big, bad Pats. (I’ll cut em some slack, and call them only uptight.) THAT, imho, is something good coaching should have eliminated by now.

        • warpath1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

          how exactly does 8 dropped passes fall on the coach?

        • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM

          The improvement is in the atmosphere of accountability and in the way the team handles itself. There’s always room to upgrade the talent, particularly when your constantly changing philosophies. People can knock the offensive game plan all they want but that doesn’t change the fact that the plays were there to be made, it was the execution that was lacking. Defensively there is just too many injuries. Some teams can just plug and play guys without much of a falloff in ability but those teams have had time to institute a system and draft for it.

        • brucefan1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:04 PM

          “how exactly does 8 dropped passes fall on the coach?”

          Haha! You’re to savvy to think that winning and losing yesterday was based on 8 dropped passes. There were many areas in which the B&G looked totally subpar yesterday. To me that team yesterday did not look ready to play!

          The Pats played FAR from their best football yesterday. They might have been primed to be picked yesterday by a team they were completely dismissing — IF the Skins had been locked and loaded, determined to kick tail. But they weren’t.

          It was almost like after a quarter of total domination (running up 185 yds to 15, not to mention punking them with an onside kick, plus negating a turnover by taking one right back on the NEXT PLAY!) that they subconsciously figured the Skins weren’t gonna put up much of a fight, so they would just go through their motions, make short work of them, and head home to … what… rake leaves? ;^}

          I saw a big lack of focus from the Redskins, as much as a lack of talent. Sometimes they looked flat; sometimes helter-skelter — on both sides of the ball. Was it because they were beaten before they got there? Was it because they were too on edge about matching up against a much better team? Dunno. But good coaches don’t let their teams go into games in that frame of mind.

        • brucefan1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:18 PM

          hail74 posted “The improvement is in the atmosphere of accountability and in the way the team handles itself”

          I’ve heard that often this season, hail, so I guess there must be something to it, but if this version of the Skins is so accountable I imagine there are gonna be several players held real accountable this week! (I wonder how that will manifest itself?)

          And as far as being impressed with how the team handles itself, that sounds like Jay’s earlier proclamations that he was happy that the team “competed” in early loses — a position he wisely ran back from later. (Or was he encouraged to do so?)

          But I guess at 3 – 5, we should all look for bright spots wherever we can find them.

        • skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM

          Bruce, you think the Patriots playing “far from their best yesterday” had nothing to do with the Redskins? Between the dropped passes and the fumble it looked like a lot of plays were left in the field yesterday. That isn’t the fault of coaches. At some point, players have to execute.

        • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:20 PM

          So Bruce do you feel that progress isn’t happening or that it’s inconsequential and unless they win every game heads must roll?

      • captblood3000 - Nov 9, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        Corey played center at Bowling Green.

  7. skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Funny how the WR position has gone from an alleged strength to a liability. RB too. Good outing for Cousins if they hang onto the ball. I didn’t expect them to win but I didn’t think they’d leave that many opportunities on the field. They had a lot of chances in that game.

    • colmac69 - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:44 AM

      WR will b fine……put yesterday down to bad day at office…for me as I said earlier it’s run defense no1 issue

      Contrast btwn first four and second four is unbelievable…to go from nearly first to worst is head scratcher and they don’t seem to have an answer…is it coaching?is it players?both?

      Is it down to playing better offenses?better RBs? Until they figure it out there in trouble

      Pass rush has disappeared as well…what’s the answer there?lots of questions on defensive side of ball

      Least we came out game relatively healthy so that’s one gd thing

      • skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        I think it’s the formation. They have no pass rush coming from the LB’s.

  8. skip36 - Nov 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Since the start of the season the head coach hasn’t been saying things like code red & playing perfect this wording from Gruden is playing mind games with the players, they were trying to play at a level that takes years of being in the same system, putting pressure on them at a time when they needed too jell as a team, when playing a team like the Patriots who have been with the same coach & Quarterback for years under the same system & we with our owner it’s been a revolving door since he bought the team, with Scot as the GM in his first year hopefully we will have some stability for years to come with everything concerning bringing a winner back to Washington Redskins. HTTR

    • goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Wow thats a great thought but there is no reason to think Snyder wont can Scott once the Skins stink it up for another 2 or 3 years. Snyder has shown no loyalty to anyone including the legend Joe Gibbs. I will believe it when I see it.

    • greed - Nov 10, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      what u sayin has some meritt,but.., that thinkn of years of playing to gether and such things applies to teams are young across the board and learning the game together , skins have a mix of youth and young vets there is plenty of talent on this team so they not loosing games or even the pats game because of talent , they lost that game due to lack of focus thats on the players and coaches the players should be ready and its the coaches job to have them mentally ready ,to me it shows gruden doesnt have the pulse of this team, also i blame coaches for they had 13 days to prepare and we came bk with same two problems run cant stop run, their wasnt anything diff about blocking scheme no more plays using fb or diff run plays or diff approach/ defense didnt blitz more or slant i mean that on coaching two weeks to figure something out change something up and they came bk with the same stuff gd coaches improve their scheme or adjust and skins did neither! So why would the results be different?

  9. John - Nov 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Cousins has earned the starting job. He may be a little gunshy on throwing deep (perhaps due to the over emphasis on interceptions by the media, et all.). At present, the team can’t run the ball (indecisive runners or they fumble and not dynamic) and can’t stop the run. The team needs a dynamic/decisive running back, a big time wide receiver with size and speed, a big time center, a safety and a disruptive defensive lineman.

    Until these things come around, the team will continue to be below average to average. Complaining about the coaches is not the answer. They need difference makers. They need players who can beat their opponent and execute plays. Coaches can draw up plays, make the call and adjust but the players need to perform.

    • warpath1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      not very many decisions can be made when the runner is tackled as he gets the ball

      • John - Nov 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

        Listen to Cooley’s film breakdown on or check it out on Craig Hoffman’s blog on the same site. You’ll see it has nothing to do with the line. The blocks are picked up and Alfred hesitates, looking totally lost. Where there should be an 8 yard or more gain, he picks the wrong hole or waits to long to decide which day to go and then once he makers a move, its to late and he ends up with one yard runs.

  10. JOHNNY B - Nov 9, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    The only thing that I wanted to see from this game was consistency from Cousins. Well he showed everything that he needed to show. Accuracy, pocket presence, and reading the field pretty good for two games straight. Now if only the receivers could play catch we might have seen a closer game.

    • gasngo14 - Nov 9, 2015 at 1:20 PM


    • goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Yeah I keep waiting for the bad Cousins to show back up and so far his ugly head has not popped back up. Maybe this is an upward trend for Cousins or maybe he wants that big contract extension. Who knows but he has played better the last couple games, no doubt. The Carrier drop was one of the worst I have seen in a long time. That was certainly the worst drop of the game as no one was even within 10 yards of him.

      • JOHNNY B - Nov 9, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        No Garson popup for the interception was the worst

  11. kenlinkins - Nov 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Rich: How do you feel about the Redskins giving New England the ball first after winning the coin flip? IMO is was a big mistake. Why allow the best QB in the NFL the chance to take the lead early and then force your offense into a “must score” position to avoid being down 14-0 (if they scored the first two times they got the ball) or always playing from behind? IMO Gruden got a little too cute and paid the price as it seemed to me that everyone was “pressing” and not playing relaxed trying to make up for such a poor start.

    • Rich Tandler - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      I would defer the coin toss 100% of the time, especially on the road. Couldn’t Brady have scored on that first possession of the second half? Would the seven points have counted less?

      I’d rather get that one guaranteed possession knowing what the defense is doing. And, on the road, I’d rather get it at a time when the stadium is less than half full with people going to the rest room, getting concessions, etc. Much less noisy.

      So, yes, I would have deferred.

  12. kenlinkins - Nov 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Well, so much for my feelings! I know this is going to sound a bit crazy, but I still think New England was ripe for a lost on Sunday but the Redskins were not up to the task. There were areas of improvement (i.e. getting 2 turn overs and the Redskins QB play) but there were more set backs (O-Line, RB’s WR’s, Pass rush, tackling, and not be able to stop N.E. running attack). So at 3-5 does the head coach call for another CODE RED? The Redskins looked like they had fear in the their hearts on Sunday. From the head coach all the way down to the water boy, this group was questioning themselves and not playing relaxed (i.e. I know I belong in the NFL and can make plays) football. There is talent building on this team but it seems that the leadership is missing something and once again the Redskins are headed for the cliff and no one seems likely to turn the wheel to avoid it. Where are the play makers, the leaders, guys who are trying to make their mark and move up in the ranks? There is a big void at way to many starting positions and the young guys are just not making a move to take over for some of the weaker Vets and that is disappointing.

    • brucefan1 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      As the comments I’ve made today indicate, I agree with much of what you posted here, ken.

      My main hope (and expectation) is that McCloughan is taking careful stock of everyone and everything associated with this team while formulating his plans for the future. I, for one, think the “future” of the Redskins began with HIS hiring — NOT the hiring of Jay Gruden. (THAT was a decision of the demoted Bruce Allen regime, no?)

      Whoever Scot thinks needs to go after this season should go, imo — including the HC … if that’s what he decides (all this talk of “continuity” be darned). Whoever he chooses to stay or to come join him, they have GOT to be people he believes in.

      • goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        Lobster Face and Little Shanny were a way better combo than Gruden McVay. Shanahan was a victim of the Rg3 crisis. Mike is a great coach I was sorry to see him go. And his son Kyle is an offensive wizard.. RIP Shanahans.

      • hail74 - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        i agree with the sentiment that everything is Scot’s call and if he wants a new coach so be it. Personally I think that would be a huge mistake and if that was the route he were to choose he’d better have more than one candidate because we are one of the least desirable clubs to work for. As far as leadership goes, I see nothing that says the team isn’t behind the coaching staff. Djax aside of course. Also I really think the team is Cousins now as well. He may need to start asserting himself more tho.

  13. murphsman - Nov 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Rich- every time someone mentions moving Steiger back to guard on here, you say its not gonna happen. Why? Do you have proof it’s not gonna happen or is that your opinion? And more importantly, why not? That was the position he played during the playoff season. I realize they might not have better options right now, but why was it not considered last year?

    • gasngo14 - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      he is the best center on this current roster thats why…..

    • Rich Tandler - Nov 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      It’s my opinion, which I think is fair to say is informed. He’s the best center on the roster. It’s as simple as that.

    • bangkokben - Nov 10, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      Lichtensteiger was always an undersized center playing guard. He is not a good guard. As the interior of the line was constantly getting blown up in pass pro, Rick “Doc” Walker constantly publicly remarked his confusion as to why Shanahan thought he could get away with “THREE CENTERS at guard.”

  14. skinsgame - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Rich, NTK… Are the results from the defense over the past couple of years enough to conclude they are still not built to produce with a 3-4 defensive scheme? It seems to me that it’s a failure. I realize Knightons is a nose tackle but, outside of him, everyone else on the defense could switch to 4-3. Something needs to change.

  15. greed - Nov 9, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    how about playing d. Young instead of phasing him out being we playing with two backups on the line maybe an extra blocker would help! But grudens ego to big to take his head out his ass

    • goback2rfk - Nov 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Shanahan would coach circles around Jay.

      • bangkokben - Nov 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        Here are your circles:
        2010 6-10
        2011 5-11
        2012 10-6
        2013 3-13

        So far they seem about equal.

  16. Skulb - Nov 10, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    Hopefully everyone has gotten their dropped balls for the season out of their systems now. Best possible game to get that done with since it was always going to be a loss anyway. The only remaining things bothering me with this team now is the horrible run defending and the failure to reliably run the ball. Since we´re already at the halfway point and just came of a bye week with no improvement in sight I have concluded that we just have to accept these shortcomings and hope we can win some games without getting them corrected.
    The rest is just individual execution and consistency, from more or less everyone. Us whining will not help with that.

  17. John - Nov 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Shanahan was coach and GM or at least responsible for picks. Great job. Blew the draft. Left us an undersized line and moved the d to a 3-4 which has never had the right mix of players. Coaches should not be in charge of personnel. When do they have time to scout college players? Never! GMs pick and coaches decide who stays and goes. Archives

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